Wildlife Creatures - Birds, Fish, and Insects
Lastly, birds, fish, and insects are great sources for lesson plans! There are so many different concepts related to these wildlife creatures! How about some of these projects?:
Aboriginal Bird Sculptures - Students learn and study Aboriginal dot painting. Using paper bags or brown craft paper, students cut out two identical bird shapes. They design and paint the bird in using the dot method. Once both sides have dried, students staple both sides together leaving an opening on the bottom. Stuff the bird with crumpled newspaper and finish stapling.
Pop (Soda) Bottle Fish Sculptures - A great way to recycle two liter pop bottles! Using the neck of the bottle as the fish mouth, students cut tails on the other end. With Sharpie markers, students draw patters and details on the outside and then color the inside with gel pens or paint. The tails are then stapled closed.
A Bug's Life - This is a great way to teach Elementary students about composition. Have students select their favorite type of bug. Discuss size and placement of bugs on the paper along with environments and the use of scale. Have students include a big bug, middle sized bug, and smaller bug to help teach them about space. This lesson could be done as a watercolor resist with crayons. Compositions should fill up their page.
Oaxacan Relief Fish - Students will study the animals of Oaxaca and the unique way these folk animals were painted. Using slab building, they will create fish out of clay-using tools to create patterns and designs. Once the fish are fired they can be glazed or painted in bright colors to mimic the painting style of the Oaxacan animals.
Here are some links to other great wildlife art lessons:
Making a Nature Journal
Egg-cellent Nature Cartons: Art Inspired by Nature!